TAKING A BOW
The Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards are shining a light on local stars, while Christmas productions gear up to enchant audiences
Nominees for this year’s Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards were announced last week, with some surprise inclusions from many performing companies in the wide area. Beenleigh Theatre Group’s Rent and St Stephen’s College’s Into the Woods received multiple nominations, with Noises Off, The Crucible, Who’s Afraid of Virginia and The Smell of Money also featured. For a full list go to goldcoastareatheatreawards Matt Ward Entertainment and Brisbane Powerhouse as part of Melt Festival 2017 has announced the cast and creative team behind the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Rent, playing Brisbane Powerhouse from February 1. The cast will feature Jackson Mcgovern as Mark Cohen, Chris White as Roger Davis, Tom Davis will play Angel Dumott Schunard, Luke Hodgson as Tom Collins, Jacqui Mclaren will take the role of Mimi Marquez, Aurelie Roque as Joanne Jefferson, Ruby Clark as Maureen Johnson and Simon Chamberlain as Benjamin Coffin III. Celebrate the festive season with musical theatre star Silvie Paladino. Join her for an exquisite concert of Christmas carols with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on December 14 at 11am. Under the musical direction of David Cameron, Silvie will enchant audiences with carols such as When a Child is Born and O Holy Night, as well as a muchloved favourite song from Les Miserablés. Silvie will be supported by piano and a string quartet led by Dougal Scott. Gold Coast favourite Matt Ward will guest star. Matt has appeared in Joseph & his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, West Side Story, Les Miserables, 42nd Street and understudied for Rob Guest in Jekyll & Hyde. Most recently, you’ve seen him in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Miss Saigon. Harvest Rain have announced their new holiday production Annie Jr. The eight-day performance workshop from January 4-13 culminates in public performances from January 13-15 at Harvest Rain’s Hayward Street Studios. If you are aged between eight and 17 years and want to spend your holidays doing what you love, register now. There’s a terrific little company up the highway at Redlands. MATES Theatre Genesis is a proud supporter of community theatre in the area, and Redlands U3A Footlites is seeking a new director and producer. They are also wanting new recruits to take part in productions next year. More details at matestg.org.au See you in a crowded foyer real soon!
Javeenbah Theatre's The Smell of Money is featured in the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards.